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Effective Interventions Unit: Advocacy for Drug Users - A Guide

DescriptionThe purpose of this EIU guide is to help DAATs and local partners to consider whether, and how, advocacy could be incorporated into the development of Integrated Care.
Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateJune 30, 2004


Effective Interventions Unit: Advocacy for Drug Users: A Guide

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What is in this guide?

  • Definitions of advocacy and a brief outline of the different types

  • The role of advocacy in ensuring accessibility and best outcomes for drug users and their families

  • Information on who currently provides advocacy

  • Who is best placed to deliver advocacy

  • Types of advocacy that are most appropriate to this client group

What is the aim?

To help DAATs and local partners consider whether, and how, advocacy could be incorporated into the development of Integrated Care.

Who wrote this guide?

Vered Hopkins, Emma Harvey and Karin O'Brien of the Effective Interventions Unit.

Who should read it?

This guide is aimed at DAATs, local partners and service providers.


Chapter 1: What is advocacy
Chapter 2: Could advocacy be useful for drug users?
Chapter 3: Provision of advocacy services to drug users
Chapter 4: Advocacy services for young people
Chapter 5: Advocacy services in rural and remote areas
Chapter 6: Planning and delivering advocacy services
Appendix 1: Participants at the consultation seminar
Appendix 2: Results of questionnaire to service providers
Appendix 3: Useful information sources


The Unit was set up in June 2000 to:

  • Identify what is effective ­ and cost effective ­ practice in prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and availability and in addressing the needs of both the individual and the community.

  • Disseminate effective practice based on sound evidence and evaluation to policy makers, DATs and practitioners.

  • Support DATs and agencies to deliver effective practice by developing good practice guidelines, evaluation tools, criteria for funding, models of service; and by contributing to the implementation of effective practice through the DAT corporate planning cycle.

Effective Interventions Unit
Substance Misuse Division
Scottish Executive
St Andrew's House
Edinburgh EH1 3DG
Tel: 0131 244 5117 Fax: 0131 244 2689


Scottish Executive
Effective Interventions Unit
Dissemination Policy

1. We will aim to disseminate the right material, to the right audience, in the right format, at the right time.
2. The unit will have an active dissemination style. It will be outward looking and interactive. Documents published or sent out by the unit will be easily accessible and written in plain
3. All materials produced by the unit will be free of charge.
4. Material to be disseminated includes:

  • Research and its findings

  • Reports

  • Project descriptions and evaluations

  • Models of services

  • Evaluation tools and frameworks for practitioners, managers and commissioners.

5. Dissemination methods will be varied, and will be selected to reflect the required message, and the needs of the target audience.

These methods are:

  • Web-based ­ using the ISD website 'Drug misuse in Scotland' which can be found at: http://www.drugmisuse.isdscotland.org/eiu/eiu.htm

  • Published documents ­ which will be written in plain language, and designed to turn policy into practice.

  • Drug Action Team channels ­ recognising the central role of Drug Action Teams in developing effective practice.

  • Events ­ recognising that face-to-face communication can help develop effective practice.

  • Indirect dissemination ­ recognising that the Unit may not always be best placed to communicate directly with some sections of its audience.

6. This initial policy statement will be evaluated at six-monthly intervals to ensure that the Unit is reaching its key audiences and that its output continues to be relevant and to add value to the work of those in the field.